Does it feel as if there is a “whole lotta shakin’ going on?” Do things you have taken for granted seem to be shifting and shaking? It seems that spiritual earthquakes are becoming more commonplace. Our ways of doing things in church, in our ministry groups, and even in our households are changing. Instability seems to rule, and confidence in our circumstances has become a thing of the past.
However, as challenging and disturbing as it may seem, this shaking process is a part of the Lord’s methodology for these end times. “For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land. I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.“ (Haggai 2:6-7 NLT) God promises to shake everything before He comes in all His glory. In fact, the earthquake releases the treasures into the Temple.
Indeed, God desires that we trust in Him alone — not in our families, our friends, our circumstances, our education or credentials, our employers, our governments, our ministry methods, or even our pastors. He longs for us to abandon every confidence that is not established on Christ alone, the chief Cornerstone. “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.” (Isaiah 28:16) Jesus Christ is the only One that will be a sure foundation stone that lasts forever.
As the various circumstances in my life begin to change and even shake, and it feels as if an earthquake is about to strike, I must remember to call on the Lord, who will be my rock of defense in times of trouble. When everything falls away, He remains. At times, even the things He has directed me to build and the areas of ministry He has opened to me seem on the brink of collapsing. What should my response be? I must declare that it is well. I have confidence in God alone, and even that confidence is not of my own doing, but given by Him.
The Holy Spirit’s current word to the Church might be: “Awake! Awake, Tziyon! Clothe yourself with your strength! Dress in your splendid garments, Yerushalayim, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean will enter you no more. Shake off the dust! Arise! Be enthroned, Yerushalayim! Loosen the chains on your neck, captive daughter of Tziyon!” (Isaiah 52:1-2 Complete Jewish Bible) If we recall that the earthquake following the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was accompanied by the dead coming to life and the curtain of the Temple being torn in two, we can rest assured that any personal earthquakes we are experience are designed by the Lord to release treasures from dark places and fill the temple of our hearts with His glory. The key is to let go of everything we tend to cling to during the shaking process. Instead, let us cling tightly to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, our strong tower, the One who is never shaken but remains forever!